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Today -- June 1, the first day of the Atlantic hurricane season -- Baltimore County emergency planners conducted a training exercise for Emergency Operations Center (EOC) representatives and reminded citizens about important personal preparedness steps.

“We aren’t in Oklahoma, Kansas or Texas, but severe weather can and does happen here,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz at a press briefing held in the EOC in Towson. "We take storm preparedness seriously here, and we ask our residents to plan ahead, too.”

Kamenetz encouraged people to follow the County’s emergency management updates on Twitter @BACOemergency and @BACOPoliceFire,  as well as on the Baltimore County Government Facebook page and web site. People can also register for email or phone alerts through Baltimore County's Emergency Notification System (ENS).

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. Maryland typically sees most tropical storm activity in August and September and is no stranger to severe storms that cause dangerous conditions and threaten life. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts a near-normal hurricane season this year, with a 70 percent probability of 10 to 16 named storms, four to eight hurricanes and one to four major hurricanes.

Precautions you can take now, before a storm:

  •  Put important papers in a water tight container (all insurance policies, birth certificates, passports, medical information, copies of prescriptions, proof of address, etc.).
  • Buy flood insurance if your home is susceptible to flooding. Flood insurance is separate from homeowners’ insurance.
  • Store enough canned goods and other non-perishables to last your family three days. Prepare a first aid kit.
  • Store enough water, one gallon per day per person, to last three days.
  • Make plans for your pets in case of an emergency. Store extra food, water and medications. Plan where you will take your pets if you have to leave your home.
  • Stock up on batteries, flashlights and battery-powered radios in case of a power outage. Candles pose a fire hazard and should not be used during power outages.

When a storm is on the way:

  • Fuel all vehicles.
  • Charge all cellphones and other electronic devices.
  • Keep car chargers handy. They are good alternatives if the power goes out.
  • Download “In case of emergency” numbers into cell phones.
  • Plan ahead with family members about where you will meet in an emergency.

Today Baltimore County participated in Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens' annual "Fallen Heroes Day," an occasion to honor Maryland's law enforcement officers, correctional officers and fire and EMS personnel who have given their lives in service to others.

Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson wishes to share the Memorial Address given by Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz at today's event. "The County Executive's remarks captured the poignancy of this tragic year for Maryland law enforcement and made important points about the relationship between police and citizens."

Here is the text of the County Executive's remarks:

Good afternoon, everyone. I am honored to be here again this year on behalf of the people of Baltimore County to offer thanks to all the first responders – the recently lost and the long remembered – who have given their lives in service to others across this state. We feel the deepest gratitude to Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens for giving us this opportunity.

I am certain that all of you, like me, share a sense that the past 12 months were especially painful in the public safety community. That is certainly true here in Maryland, where we lost in shocking and terrible ways the four police officers whose names today will be added to the Fallen Heroes Memorial; … and where three weeks ago today Prince George's County Firefighter-Paramedic John Ulmschneider died and another volunteer firefighter was wounded when they were shot on a routine medical call.

Whether public safety personnel are under deliberate attack is a point of debate. But there is no question that across the nation this feels like an unusually tumultuous and perilous time for our men and women in uniform. It seems as though a news cycle does not pass without some tragedy involving an officer, firefighter or EMS responder; as though every social media login summons images of badges banded in black.

The dangers are not merely physical. For law enforcement in particular, the atmosphere in many communities is fraught with uneasiness. Every day – on radio shows and newscasts, in conversations on street corners and around dinner tables – Americans are questioning the role of police in our society and challenging law enforcement in ways not seen since the Sixties. There must be room, of course, for constructive conversation on these matters, and a willingness to work toward understanding of our different points of view. Our public safety professionals and volunteers understand this.

But there is no question that everyone here who wears a badge – and the overwhelming majority of first responders everywhere – chose the calling out of a desire to serve and, in the case of law enforcement, with great respect for the powers given to them. So it is no wonder if they are disturbed when their motives and commitment are questioned and their decisions second-guessed.

 It is no wonder if they feel embattled by criticism and controversy and an atmosphere of distrust, and by media coverage that often conflates wrongdoing by the few with an indictment of an entire profession.

 It is no wonder that the current angry, conflict-ridden climate breeds discouragement, cynicism and the idea that the work of public safety is grossly undervalued and the sacrifice of the brave forgotten.

But is this really true? Is the sacrifice forgotten? Or, is it possible that loud headlines and louder voices simply have made the heartfelt appreciations of ordinary people harder to hear?

After the murder of the two Harford sheriff’s deputies, a photo circulated of one of the agency’s patrol cars smothered in flowers, balloons, American flags and messages of love and appreciation. No doubt you have seen this picture; the windshield, the hood, the roof, the pavement on all four sides of the vehicle are covered in tributes. The day of the funeral, people stood on overpasses and along roadsides to pay their respects. Some, no doubt, took time off from work to do so. Supportive messages appeared on billboards and placards on churches, schools, restaurants and shops. The outpouring of sympathy from across the state and across the nation simply staggered. Perhaps the expressions of grief were especially overwhelming in this case because two officers died simultaneously, but in fact for every line of duty death we see the roadside salutes, the flags, the Facebook condolences, acknowledgement that a hero has passed.

These expressions come not merely from the public safety community. They come from ordinary people who understand what sacrifice means …  who know that all the bouquets and balloons in the world are insufficient to thank those willing to run toward danger, confront the heart of darkness and die for a safer, better world.

This is a mournful day. Our hearts ache especially for the families and friends of the newly fallen, whose pride today mingles with pain.

But there is solace, too.

There is comfort in the knowledge that the extraordinary deeds of extraordinary people are valued and will be remembered – not just by loved ones but by people they never even knew.

There is comfort in seeing that in a divided world unity is possible still.   

There in comfort in this, a message handwritten in blue marker on a poster board, meant for the two Harford deputies but meaningful for all we remember today:

“In honored memory of the fallen. May their spirit endure. With love and gratitude to those who keep the watch.”

The Baltimore County Police Department’s 142nd Recruit Class graduates Wednesday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m. The ceremony will take place at Loch Raven High School, 1212 Cowpens Avenue, 21286.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Police Chief James Johnson will present the awards. The Chief and Mr. Michael Zeigler of the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions will present the diplomas. The Honorable Julie Ensor, Clerk of the Circuit Court, will administer the oath of office, and the Reverend Harry Schill will preside over the benediction and adjournment.

The recruits trained for 27 weeks and will spend the next two years in the field as they apply the skills learned in the classroom.

The following is a list of the recruits and their assignments:

Precinct 1/Wilkens
Officer Kyle J. Feeley
Officer David P. Humes

Precinct 2/Woodlawn
Officer James R. Dutterer
Officer Rafael A. Marrero
Officer Michael C. Momongan
Officer Alexander A. Pearson

Precinct 3/Franklin
Officer Antonio K. Johnson
Officer Robert J. Meadowcroft
Officer Brooks A. Rothschild
Officer Sean L. Thomas
Officer Chideya I. Gwynn

Precinct 4/Pikesville
Officer Kasiem E. J. Chambers
Officer Marquis A. Evans
Officer Myles T. Hilliard
Officer Daniel C. Pahl
Officer Nicholas A. Quisgard
Officer Dominique S. Wilkes-Gantt
Officer Tyler B. Wise

Precinct 6/Towson
Officer Mark A. Borunda
Officer Jesse W. Callas
Officer Gary V. Landa

Precinct 7/Cockeysville
Officer Laura M. Ruiz

Precinct 8/Parkville
Officer Christopher S. Schanberger

Precinct 9/White Marsh
Officer Jeffrey S. Cardwell Jr.

Precinct 11/Essex
Officer Bryan M. Dixon
Officer Trevor C. Grove

Precinct 12/Dundalk
Officer Amanda N. Jackson
Officer Storm E. Scheckells
Officer Michael W. Stolins

Cecil County Sheriff’s Office *
Deputy Mason J. Adam
Deputy Steven J. Hood Jr.
Deputy Brandon A. Sadler
Deputy Sarah M. Sexton
Deputy Ryan A. Stewart
Deputy Myles A. Tornetta
Deputy Charles R. Travis

Havre de Grace Police Department *
Officer Todd L. Persuhn

Perryville Police Department *
Officer Lauren E. Daugherty

* Officers trained at the Baltimore County Police Academy and assigned to another jurisdiction.

 
 

Revised April 6, 2016